Day in history for April 10, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
<fn201Arrangements are being made for the formation of a football and cricket club which will meet two or three times a week. This should prove very fine exercise for persons who are engaged in sedentary occupations.

1883 -- 125 years ago
<fn201Owing to the rock formation at the foot of 23rd St. and the excavation for the water works protection, there is an artificial reservoir there which is frequently used by those in the neighborhood.

1908 -- 100 years ago
<fn201Alderman Louis Ostrom presented a bill in city council calling for an annual license fee of $1,000 for Rock Island saloons.

1933 -- 75 years ago
<fn201A violent thunderstorm, accompanied by the most severe hailstorm in many years, occurred in the Quad-City area. The icy bombardment caused thousands of dollars damage and property loss in Rock Island.

1958 -- 50 years ago
<fn201The new Black Hawk District chairman, Boy Scouts of America, is Milton Hedquist, Rock Island, who was installed at the district's annual meeting.

1983 -- 25 years ago
<fn201Rock Island's City Council is currently chosen on an at-large basis, but voters can change that when they decide whether to divide the city into wards. Opponents say the at-large system creates the possibility that geographic or social segments of the city can be shut out of government.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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